Eagles rally for tie with Harbormen
Down by a goal with time running out, the BC High soccer team used a late penalty kick to earn a 2-2 tie against No. 14 Hingham at Viola Stadium in Dorchester yesterday.
Hingham was in the driver’s seat early, scoring 10 minutes into the match after Patrick Burke got tangled up on a loose ball in front of the net. He somehow kept the ball at his feet as he got off the ground and knocked it in for a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, senior captain James Rosso, who assisted on Burke’s goal, used blazing speed and dazzling skill in taking the ball three quarters of the field to beat Eagles goalkeeper Kevin Zemaitis.
“[Rosso] creates a lot of chances for us,’’ said Hingham coach Ken Carlin. “If he’s not scoring himself, he’s making the chances for somebody else.’’
Just as Hingham looked as if it might run away with the game, the Eagles got a free kick from 25 yards and junior Andrew Fontaine made it count by bending a blast past a wall of defenders to cut the lead in half.
In the second half, the defenses tightened up and play got bogged down in the middle of the field. The Eagles tried to push the ball up without captain Caleb Long, who missed most of the half because of a knee injury.
“He’s our engine and everything goes through Caleb,’’ said BC High coach Billy Ryan. “We were moving ahead and trying to drive for the tying goal the whole half and I thought the other guys that were filling in adjusted well.’’
With time winding down, a hand ball by Hingham in the box with six minutes left set up Eagles junior Zach Sanborn with a penalty kick that he punched past keeper Simon Merryweather to knot things at 2-2.
Newton South 3, Boston Latin 0 - Robin Kurasawa buried two goals in the first half as the Lions (8-6-3) clinched their first trip to the state tournament since 2005.
“It’s my first year going to the tournament with these boys,’’ said Newton South coach John Conte, who took over the program three years ago after Newton South went 1-17. Under Conte’s direction, the team has improved each season and is on a six-game winning streak.
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Westfield 1 - Peter Jandl, Jacob Weltman, and Andres Driscoll tallied a goal apiece.
Cardinal Spellman 8, Marian 0 - Chris Conrad found the net four more times for the seventh-ranked Cardinals (14-0), who finished off an undefeated Catholic Central League season, going 12-0. Conrad has 26 goals this season.
Peabody 4, Salem 0 - Junior forward Hayley Dowd netted a hat trick to set the school record for career points with 147 as the Tanners remained undefeated (14-0-2).
Concord-Carlisle 3, Wayland 2 - Andrea O’Brien scored her seventh hat trick this season for the Patriots (12-4-0), who wrapped up a tie for the Dual County League (Small) title.
Rockland 0, Abington 0 - Rockland freshman Molly McDonough collected her first career shutout.
Franklin 4, Notre Dame (Hingham) 0 - Junior forward Kristie Kirshe scored two goals and freshman forward Taylor Cogliano had three assists.
Swampscott 6, Salem 3 - Junior Julieanne Marquis (two goals) and sophomore Tori Tistle (one goal, two assists) combined to lift the Big Blue (12-3-2).
Marblehead 1, Revere 0 - Senior forward Brittany Cerolack scored the only goal in the Magicians’ win.
Newton North 3, Needham 0 - Newton North finished 17-1, good for a tie for first place with Brookline in the Bay State Conference.
Quincy 3, North Quincy 2 - The unranked Presidents shut down the 16th-ranked Red Raiders, their Patriot League rival.
Silver Lake 3, Pembroke 1 - Kaitlin Burgess (17 kills, 7 blocks, 7 digs, 6 assists), Sierra Gonsalves (12 kills, 7 assists), and Megan Gravel (11 service points, 7 assists, 4 aces) carried the load for the Lakers.